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Old 03-12-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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The pricing is just a head scratcher...though, admittingly I only skimmed the article. But why would a consumer buy a WR 250X when you can get Suzuki's DR-Z400SM for 200 bucks more and have a lot more power for 200 bucks more?

Also the 2008 WR250R is $300 more than Suzuki's DR-Z400S and $2000 more than Suzuki's DR200SE.

I'm not bashing the models, but the pricing is a bit odd. Are the components that much better?
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:22 PM   #3
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I was thinking the same thing, both in your direction and how cheap a Ninja 250 is for commuting purposes. I could do a lot to a Ninja 250 with $1500 bucks.
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I was thinking the same thing, both in your direction and how cheap a Ninja 250 is for commuting purposes. I could do a lot to a Ninja 250 with $1500 bucks.
As soon as the damn truck is paid off I'm getting the new 250R...unless they update the 500r.

Either way, it would be fun to wring the hell out of the 250r around these parts...and still get around 70+ miles per gallon.
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Having owned several 250 cee cee four strokes over the last 3 decades or so, they're fun to thrash around on, but that supermotard rendition makes me think of the old "running out of steam and highsiding" quirk they all suffer from. No big deal in the dirt, but pavement antics can be painfull. Ah, to ride once again...
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:23 AM   #6
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Ya know the new KLX250S is about $1000 cheaper. Kind of hard to justify the Yamaha's price just to get EFI.

It does look nice, though. I just saw one at the dealer yesterday.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:07 PM   #7
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Yamaha, get it over with and build a 450 version already and be prepared to sell lots of them.
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:02 AM   #8
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Yeah I'd love to see the 450 version too. I'd have to see some really sweet suspension to justify the extra $1K over the Kawasaki, I'd probably replace the supsension on both anyway unless something really decent came stock. I'd want to see them both on a scale, but I'd hope you'd shed 30-40 lbs compared to the Suzuki 400.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:23 AM   #9
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The 38mm throttle body on the new WRs is larger than the 36mm CV carb on the Suzuki DRZ 400. The tiny carb is really the DRZ's biggest problem. Put a 39mm FCR carb on it and the DRZ is a different bike.

Wondering what a 450 WR with a nice fat 45mm thottle body on it would do. Lots, I think, especially with a full exhaust and a PCIII remap
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The pricing is just a head scratcher...though, admittingly I only skimmed the article. But why would a consumer buy a WR 250X when you can get Suzuki's DR-Z400SM for 200 bucks more and have a lot more power for 200 bucks more?

Also the 2008 WR250R is $300 more than Suzuki's DR-Z400S and $2000 more than Suzuki's DR200SE.

I'm not bashing the models, but the pricing is a bit odd. Are the components that much better?
My nearby Suzuki dealer offered me a new 07 DR650 for $4700 recently. $5K+ for a 250 DP bike is really over the top.
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